To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise
presented by Dr. Elaine Tsukayama MD

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Dr. Elaine Tsukayama MD will discussing the pros and cons of circumcision at a special workshop at the New Baby Expo 2016.
Sat. & Sun. at 12:30pm (Demonstration Room)

Don't miss this informative talk by one Hawaii's leading pediatricans, Dr. Elaine Tsukayama, as she explains the pros and cons of circucision for your newborn. Below please find some background information on what circumcision is.

The Procedure

When a circumcision is part of the Jewish ritual called a bris, the procedure is usually performed at home when the baby is eight days old. In the hospital, male circumcision is most commonly done on newborns about 24 hours old.

Generally a safe procedure, it can be completed in less than 15 minutes. Either a nurse holds the infant, or he is placed on a firm surface, often called a papoose board, and Velcro straps are wrapped around the boy's arms and legs to keep him very still. The penis is cleaned, and the performing doctor should administer some type of analgesia (pain relief), which is typically a lidocaine injection. A sterile circumcision clamp or device is placed over the head of the penis. The foreskin is removed with a sterile scalpel or scissors.

After the Procedure

Usually, the tip of a circumcised penis heals in about seven days. Complications occur in 1 in 500 to 1 in 200 cases; mild bleeding and local infection are the two most common. A botched job can result in injury to the penis, sepsis (when an infection gets into the bloodstream), or even death, but severe complications like these are extremely rare.

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